Highlands residents seek another dog park
September 7, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
The only off-leash dog park in Issaquah could be joined by another off-leash park, if Issaquah Highlands residents succeed in a grassroots effort.
Kandis Paden, a highlands resident and business owner in the community, spearheaded the drive through the highlands homeowners association. Paden and other members of the neighborhood Pets-n-Pals Committee aim to turn a slice of city land near Central Park into a dog park.
“We’ve been asking for this to happen for a long time,” she said.
Paden, owner of Le Chic Pet Boutique and Spa, said the proposed location has ample parking and easier access to many highlands neighborhoods.
The project has no firm timeline, but Paden said she expects to start fundraising before the end of the year. The cost is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.
Because the cash-strapped city cannot fund the park, Paden said she intends to tap local merchants and hold fundraising events to reach the goal.
“There is some cost to these,” city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said. “It isn’t just putting up a fence.”
The park needs amenities, such as benches, stations to hold waste bags and, of course, a fence, she said.
Bark Park, the only off-leash dog park in the city, is also located in the highlands. The city bans dogs in other municipal parks.
Developer Port Blakely Communities built Bark Park.
But pet owners often complain the facility turns to mud in the rain and roasts in the sun. McGill said the site — along Northeast Natalie Way at Northeast Magnolia Street — is too far for many highlands residents to walk to from home.
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